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Old 10-26-2006, 09:33 PM
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I've been intrigued with Arneson's since I first read about them, many, many years before I got into this silly sport. My fascination with surface piercing drives is the main reason I bought my Formula. If it had been rigged with the conventional Trs's, I probably wouldn't even have looked at it, even though I like Trs drives.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:58 PM
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I don't think this is like watching a Ford and a Chevy guy argue as I do not believe that it is purely a matter of personal preference.

Arnesons are conceptually more advanced and more efficient drives than both the Bravo and #6. People can prefer Merc stuff all they want, for all kinds of reasons, but this remains a fact...
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:03 PM
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Here is an interesting application for Arnesons.
those almost look like KAAMA drives
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Do skaters ever need positive trim?
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Great thread....Sounds very much like there are those who actually have experienced a boat with Arneson's and those who have not. I don't here much negative from anyone that's really been in or ran one??

After running Tony Adams 382 recently I am very impressed with the perfomanmce and handling of that boat. 110 w/800 hp..handles awsome, ~ 200 hard hrs with not an issue!! That is hard to argue with.

It doesn't take an Hydro Dynamic's Engineering degree to figure out it's not real efficient to stick a tree stump in the water and try to drag it around...(and two??)

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Old 10-27-2006, 05:08 PM
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pb: Is that boat using something like the IMCO splitter box?
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:33 PM
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pb: Is that boat using something like the IMCO splitter box?
No. No IMCO in that boat. They made their own setup with a single engine, dual drives.
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:57 PM
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Just want to add Rik had always went out of his way with any questions & has always been top shelf with me. service is second to none.
Also Howard Arneson is exceptional also.. 85years old in one of the fastest turbines in the world. Great guy to talk to. I hope I can be so lucky.....
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:18 AM
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To 9 Lives;

Rik answered your question in post 125. That the notched transom is what causes the installation to be too far above the departing sheet of water to allow the propeller shaft to be run parallel to the bottom of the boat. Therefore, if the propeller shaft is directed downward, the thrust tends to raise the back of the boat and force the nose down. Hence, the handling problems.

Conversely, a conventional outdrive is bolted to the transom in an area above the notch and the outdrive can be set sufficiently low to have the propeller shaft run parallel to the departing sheet of water. Thus, eliminating stern lift and bow suppression.

Yes, there are examples of notched transoms "working great", but it seems to be fortuitous.

I still favor Arnesons. My orginal post was just an observation I made regarding installation pitfalls.

Thanks for your dialog.
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